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Ga. Chief Backs Cop Who Handcuffed 6-Year-Old After Tantrum

April 17, 2012  | 

A Georgia police chief backed his officer's decision to handcuff a 6-year-old girl after her tantrum in a school office caused an injury to the principal.

Milledgeville (Ga.) Police Chief Dray Swicord said the officer who handcuffed kindergartner Salecia Johnson is not under investigation.

The officer arrived at Creekside Elementary to find Johnson crying in the principal's office. During the tantrum, the 6-year-old girl allegedly knocked over a shelf that injured the principal. She tore items off walls and threw furniture. She was also seen biting the door knob of the office and jumping on the paper shredder, reports WMAZ.


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[email protected] @ 4/17/2012 9:28 PM

Yee Gods!! What is this country coming to? A Chief backing his Officer for controling a little brat whose parents obviously can't be bothered to? BRAVO Chief!! And a good job Officer. People were being injured and theatened so the Officer did what he/she had to do. Hope the "parents" have to pony-up the money for damages.

Steve @ 4/18/2012 4:25 AM

Good Job Chief Swicord! Give that Officer a raise! It sounds like that child needs some help. We need more officers who can make the tough calls and more Police Chiefs who will back them up.

Keith Peoples @ 4/18/2012 4:29 AM

What did they expect for the officer to do, standby and do nothing, so the child could continue to destroy property, and may have hurt herself? Job, well done officer, and bravo to the Police Chief for standing up.

Melissa @ 4/18/2012 7:22 AM

I agree that this little girl needed to be stopped, but she is far from being a "Little Brat" who isn't being controlled by her parents. From the descriptions above, it sounds like this girl had a "Meltdown" not a "Tantrum". There is a difference. With a tantrum, the child is in control. They are looking around to see who is watching, and they are careful of their safety to a degree. A meltdown is totally different. Once it starts there is NO Stopping it till it has run its course. A meltdown often occurs with children who have disabilities such as Autism. They have NO regard for their safety and the anger or frustration has a hold of them and they CANNOT control themselves. A meltdown is also marked by behaviour of "biting" objects and even people. The parents may be model parents, but there is NOTHING they can do to control a meltdown.

bluemeanie @ 4/18/2012 12:52 PM

Oh yes a melt down. That explains it all.

Things that make ya go WT @ 4/18/2012 10:30 PM

I have often wondered why folks, who have absolutely no clue about the details of any given incident and quite obviously have never spent one day wearing a badge, waste their time and effort, and ours, posting their ridiculous replies when no one wants to hear their bleeding heart crap to begin with. I work in schools and have on two separate occasions had to restrain extremely violent elementary age students physically and mechanically. If it has to be done to protect the child and others I will do it again without hesitation. Some are just plain brats. Others have...conditions that cause their behaviors. Either way, we cannot always be the warm and fuzzy police that the general public seems to want us to be. "I" feel in this instance that the officer is in the right as is the Chief for standing behind the officer.

Chuck McKenzie @ 4/19/2012 5:44 PM

I wish I had worked for chiefs like this one. Most of mine were either cowards, who had to have several patrolmen to protect them in any situation. They were certainly capable of barking orders an disciplining officers if they thought it made them look good, or if it would inflict distress on an officer. I have been "sold down the river" and lost my job by two of these barbarians, so it is with pride that I say to Chief Swicord, "Thanks for being a leader who recognizes good work by his officer; I am proud of you."

nizes

JimA @ 4/20/2012 6:52 AM

I agree with Chuck. Most chiefs (spelled with a small c deliberately) are gutless little F&^S who sell out their officers when in a bind. This CHIEF (spelled all in CAPS deliberately) stands up in the face of adversity and states that his officer did his duty to protect everyone - the girl, the principal, and property. I am absolutely sure the officer and CHIEF would not prefer this method, but it was "necessary". Note that the State of Washington, and maybe others, has a legal definition for the word 'necessary". "Necessary means that no reasonably effective alternative to the use of force appears to exist and the amount of force used is reasonable to affect the lawful purpose intended." THIS was necessary, reasonable, lawful.
JimA

[email protected] @ 4/20/2012 10:52 PM

Melissa, May I understand that you carry a degree in child psychology and have never worked in law enforcement? You will note that the little darling was not injured during her "meltdown" but the Principal was. If there was a medical condition wouldn't the school have been notified?

Juan 10-13 @ 4/24/2012 4:57 AM

The kid is out of control and our job is to prevent any immediate further harm to themselves and others. It's OUR job! I salute you CHIEF with "COJONES" for having a spine and standing up for your men! I would work for you any day...Boss!

Mike @ 4/24/2012 8:02 AM

"There is no 'nice' way to arrest a potentially dangerous, combative suspect. The police are our bodyguards, our hired fists, batons, and guns. We pay them to do the dirty work we're too afraid, too unskilled, or too civilized to do ourselves. We expect them to keep the bad guys out of our businesses, cars, houses, and out of our face. We want them to 'take care of the problem.' We just don't want to see how it's done."

Charles H. Webb Ph.D., CSU Longbeach, CA.

He hit the nail on the head with this quote. Even if the suspect in question is a 6 YOA girl. After all the officer could have come in heavy handed and held her down screaming "STOP RESISTING."

No matter how you perform the intervention, anytime an officer takes action on someone's kid and the public does catch wind of the event they "just wanted us to handle" a few minutes ago, they always reserve the right to criticize and critique it to the end of days.

Mike @ 4/24/2012 8:02 AM

"There is no 'nice' way to arrest a potentially dangerous, combative suspect. The police are our bodyguards, our hired fists, batons, and guns. We pay them to do the dirty work we're too afraid, too unskilled, or too civilized to do ourselves. We expect them to keep the bad guys out of our businesses, cars, houses, and out of our face. We want them to 'take care of the problem.' We just don't want to see how it's done."

Charles H. Webb Ph.D., CSU Longbeach, CA.

He hit the nail on the head with this quote. Even if the suspect in question is a 6 YOA girl. After all the officer could have come in heavy handed and held her down screaming "STOP RESISTING."

No matter how you perform the intervention, anytime an officer takes action on someone's kid and the public does catch wind of the event they "just wanted us to handle" a few minutes ago, they always reserve the right to criticize and critique it to the end of days.

Mike @ 4/24/2012 8:03 AM

"There is no 'nice' way to arrest a potentially dangerous, combative suspect. The police are our bodyguards, our hired fists, batons, and guns. We pay them to do the dirty work we're too afraid, too unskilled, or too civilized to do ourselves. We expect them to keep the bad guys out of our businesses, cars, houses, and out of our face. We want them to 'take care of the problem.' We just don't want to see how it's done."

Charles H. Webb Ph.D., CSU Longbeach, CA.

Mike @ 4/24/2012 8:05 AM

"There is no 'nice' way to arrest a potentially dangerous, combative suspect. The police are our bodyguards, our hired fists, batons, and guns. We pay them to do the dirty work we're too afraid, too unskilled, or too civilized to do ourselves. We expect them to keep the bad guys out of our businesses, cars, houses, and out of our face. We want them to 'take care of the problem.' We just don't want to see how it's done."

Charles H. Webb Ph.D., CSU Longbeach, CA.

He hit the nail on the head with this quote, even if the suspect in question is a 6 YOA girl. After all the officer could have come in heavy handed and held her down screaming "STOP RESISTING."

No matter how you perform the intervention, anytime an officer takes action on someone's kid and the public does catch wind of the event they "just wanted us to handle" a few minutes ago, they always reserve the right to criticize and critique it to the end of days.

Mike @ 4/24/2012 8:07 AM

Sorry for the repeated posts :/

Old guy using computers

Random @ 5/26/2012 2:13 AM

There should be an edit button. I tried to make a quote a few weeks ago and part of it got deleted. I cut and pasted it from Microsoft Word Document. The quote reads as an insult to the writer rather than a quote from my DT instructor.

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